News & Analysis

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    Unicorn v. Leviathan: The battle between Airbnb and San Francisco rages on

    “Brian Chesky’s audacity is fabulous..his obsession with detail and practicality doesn’t confine or compromise his dreaming but rather makes what could so easily be noble but abstract ideas functional and real.” – Jonathan Ive, Time 100 Last week, as Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People of 2015′ issue was slotted onto magazine racks across the nation’s groceries and airports, I got to see the some of that global influence in action. The place was San Francisco City Hall, and the influencer…
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    LIVE NOW: This week’s PandoLIVE (Listen LIVE)

    It’s Monday, it’s 5pm Pacific time so that must mean it’s time for another episode of PandoLIVE. Tonight we’re talking about Airbnb’s tussles with the city of San Francisco, what we learned from last night’s second episode of HBO’s Silicon Valley and the latest news from our upcoming Pandoland conference. Listen live right here.
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    Judge throws out evidence gathered by agents posing as Caesars Palace Internet repairmen

    It’s a scene right out of Oceans Fourteen: The FBI deliberately cuts off Internet service to a gambler’s hotel room in order to force him to call for maintenance service. The repair man, of course, is actually an undercover agent who, acting without a warrant, uses his visit to the room to surreptitiously gather evidence of the suspect’s illegal gambling operation. Unfortunately for the feds, things don’t work the same in real life as they do in the movies. Where…
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    92B pounds of electronic waste thrown out last year

    Researchers claim some 92 billion pounds of electronic waste were thrown away last year. As the folks at Gizmodo put it: “That’s more than seven Great Pyramids’ worth of crapped-out Blackberry phones, forsaken Toshiba TVs, and human misery.” Consumers in the US were responsible for about 16 billion pounds — roughly 17 percent — of that waste. [Source: Gizmodo]
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    “It’s sexist, but it’s about friendship”: Episode 2 of “Silicon Valley” Season 2, reviewed

    Like last year, I’m reviewing every episode of Silicon Valley, Season 2. Read last week’s recap here. There’s one gag from last night’s Silicon Valley everyone will be talking about this week — and by “everyone” I mean a handful of wantrapreneurs and people like me who are paid to write about the show. That gag is aptly named, “Bro.” Bro is an app developed by the cousin of Pied Piper’s sometime CTO Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani). It lets users send “Bro” to anyone else who…
  8. Overheard

    “It will be like the Yankees and the Red Sox. I predict HBO will do the best creative work of their lives in the next 10 years because they are on war footing. They haven’t really had a challenge for a long time, and now they do. It’s going to spur us both on to incredible work.”

    — Netflix CEO Reed Hastings on competing with HBO

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    Google search history is now downloadable

    Ever wondered how often you searched for vague medical symptoms, popular television shows, or places to eat? Now you’ll be able to find out, because Google has made it so anyone can download their personal search history as a bunch of handy-dandy JSON files. [Source: Google Operating System]
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    Synopsys to acquire company that discovered Heartbleed

    Synopsys announced today that it plans to acquire Codenomicon, a security startup whose researchers independently discovered the Heartbleed bug that undermined much of the Web’s security. Terms weren’t disclosed. [Source: Synopsys]
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    Uber to face discrimination lawsuit

    A federal judge has ruled that Uber must face a discrimination lawsuit brought against it by consumers who claim the company’s policy not to allow service dogs into drivers’ vehicles is unfair to blind people. Uber has two weeks to issue a response to the complaint. Another transit startup, Leap, is facing a similar complaint because it ripped out the wheelchair accommodations built into the busses purchases for its service. [Source: Reuters]
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    BuzzFeed deleted posts due to ‘advertiser complaints’

    Gawker has published an internal BuzzFeed memo showing that of the 1,112 posts the site has deleted, three were removed due to “advertiser complaints.” The posts were pulled for different reasons: one because it criticized a Twitter account run by BuzzFeed at the time; one because Axe body spray complained; and one because it was written by someone who had previously done work for Microsoft as part of BuzzFeed’s creative division. [Source: Gawker]
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    Spark, Forerunner, Base and more: Announcing the first batch of Pandoland 2015 startup judges

    Since announcing details of Pandoland’s $100k of real investment startup competition we’ve had a flood of entries from entrepreneurs hoping to join us in Nashville in June. We’re seeking the ten very best companies in the world who’ve raised less than $1 million in capital so far and are serious about taking their business to the next step. If you haven’t submitted yet, the deadline is fast approaching. Nowhere else will you’ll find such an incredible panel of judges, all on one stage,…
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    Russian hackers exploit vulnerabilities in Flash, Windows, to spy on gov’t officials

    Researchers at the FireEye security company have issued a report stating that Russian hackers took advantage of vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash and Windows to conduct surveillance on military contractors, diplomats, and other targets. FireEye identifies the hackers as members of APT 28, an “advanced persistent threat” believed to have been active since at least 2007, and outed in October. It reached this conclusion via “correlation of technical indicators and command and control infrastructure” between APT 28’s efforts and…
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    Twitter expands DMs

    Twitter has made it easier for people to send direct messages to each other. Users can now choose to accept DMs from anyone, and messages can be sent to large companies (the New York Times offers United Airlines as an example) even if the #brand isn’t following Joe Schmo. One of the worst aspects of Twitter’s service, in other words, just got a little more tolerable. [Source: NYT]
  19. Overheard

    “We don’t want to debate climate change. We want to stop it. […] We’ve made real progress in reducing the impact of the things we control directly—our offices, retail stores, and products. But there’s still a lot of work to be done to reduce the carbon footprint of our supply chain. And it’s our responsibility to lead that effort.”

    — Apple in its Environmental Responsibility Report

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    Google updates Android Wear

    Google has updated Android Wear, the software platform used by its partners to create wearable products, with new features meant to help it compete with the soon-to-be-released Apple Watch. Among the updates are a handwriting recognition tool to convert squiggles to emoji, an always-on watch face, and more. [Source: Google]

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